How to Get Really Good at Photography (Ep. 232)

Did you know cameras were once used for things other than selfies?

Ridiculous, I know. But if you’ll just believe for a moment, you’ll soon be able to discover the vast world of photography, useful as an art form, a social media post generator, and a personal branding advantage.

I’ve been taking photos seriously for almost three years and have been posting daily photos for 181 days now, and Thomas has been shooting video and using photos to boost his personal brand for quite a while as well.

If you’ve ever wanted to take your photography skills to the next level, even if it’s just slightly more professional headshots for your personal website, this episode is for you.

Things mentioned in this episode:

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:13:31 – Why did we do an episode about this topic
  • 0:18:12 – Why does Martin like photography
  • 0:26:00 – How to get started in photography
  • 0:32:24 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:34:47 – How to feel about your old work
  • 0:38:02 – Should you buy expensive gear as a beginner?
  • 0:44:08 – Why upgrade your equipment and what to upgrade first
  • 0:57:14 – Upgrading from your smartphone to a camera and lens
  • 1:09:40 – Gear, tips and techniques for taking better photos
  • 1:24:41 – Looking at other people’s work
  • 1:30:45 – Photography resource recommendations
  • 1:43:00 – Conclusion

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Martin Boehme is a web developer, language nerd, and Nintendo fanboy. Talk to him in English, Spanish, French, or very basic Japanese on Twitter.

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